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Games played a major part in the increased revenue for both parties

Game apps for iOS pummeled Android game apps when it came to revenue for the fourth quarter, but Android is growing quickly.

According to App Annie's Index, iOS games earned 3.5 times the revenue of Android games in Q4 2012. The iOS App Store increased its overall revenue by 20 percent from Q3 to Q4 2012 while the Google Play store doubled its app revenue in the same time period. However, iOS still raked in more cash.

The top revenue makers for iOS (ordered from 1-10 on the top 10 list) included apps by Electronic Arts (EA), Supercell, Gameloft, GREE, Inc., HungHo Online Entertainment, Zynga, Kabam, NHN Corp., SQUARE ENIX and Rovio Entertainment.

For the Google Play store, game companies occupied nine out of the top 10 list for best revenue-making apps. NHN Corp. held the No. 1 spot.

The top five countries contributing to iOS app revenue were the U.S., Japan, the UK, Australia and Canada. For the Google Play store, the top three were Japan, the U.S. and South Korea.

Source: Games Industry

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RE: Something odd is going on with Android
By retrospooty on 1/31/2013 3:39:25 PM , Rating: 2
Probably right... It would be extremely tough for a 3rd to break in at this point. At least in a highly significant way.

RE: Something odd is going on with Android
By Pirks on 1/31/2013 11:22:24 PM , Rating: 2
yeah, with ballmer mostly ignoring its own wp8 by not making ANY exclsuve games for it (like exclusive mobile ports of halo or gears of war or smth big and flashy like that, better quality than say infinity blade) I tend to agree. microsoft is the worst enemy of windows phone it seems.

RE: Something odd is going on with Android
By TakinYourPoints on 1/31/2013 11:52:19 PM , Rating: 2
They were their worst enemy for Windows gaming as well. Over time they shuttered their own PC game developers (Ensemble, FASA, ACES) and released the abomination that was Games For Windows Live.

This is why third parties are so important. Valve, Blizzard, and Riot are mostly responsible for keeping the PC as a vital gaming platform. WP8 needs third parties as well. iOS has everything to owe to their third party developers, absolutely everything. Without them their devices would just be simple web/email/media player machines.

RE: Something odd is going on with Android
By TakinYourPoints on 2/1/2013 12:20:21 AM , Rating: 2
BTW, this is a real shame. WP8 has a great SDK and finally some good hardware behind it. Microsoft or someone could really show what the platform can do, but right now there is little incentive for developers because of low sales.

MS could at least give a little jumpstart with something cool though, you know?

RE: Something odd is going on with Android
By Pirks on 2/1/2013 2:28:43 AM , Rating: 2
For me the problem is in the chicken/egg situation where WP8 needs apps to get market share and it needs market share to get apps. Problem with MS is that they invest some money into marketing and push out WP8 in general, they support Nokia marketing and do some of their own WP8 marketing now, which is all good but they ignore the other side - apps. Marketing alone is not enough, if you want to propel your platform you have to push BOTH killer apps AND do some substantial marketing too.

I can understand why Apple or RIM don't do big time games for their phones - they are not into software/gaming business. I can understand why Google doesn't do games for Android - 'cause Google is a search engine company, they have nothing to do with games.

But Microsoft with BIG game development studios behind its own Xbox totally ignoring WP8? Not a SINGLE flashy exclusive like Halo? With all the huge talent and money Xbox studios employ? Just look at Halo 4, man this is stunning beautiful game. MS can have a fraction of the Halo 4 budget dedicated to porting Halo to WP8. EVEN JUST make it Lumia 920 exclusive or something. ANYTHING would do.

But no, there is total silence. All MS can do is push our excellent Xbox games, and not a single big time exclusive for WP8.

This is why I became pessimistic about WP8 prospects as a platform. I was thinking about getting WP8 device this Xmas or maybe January, but I'm going Android again. Two reasons: minor reason is the huge price of WP8 phone ATIV S compared to Galaxy Note, and the main reason is ignorance of MS who can't do any big budget exclusive game for its own platform.

When price for ATIV S goes down to $350 (like the Galaxy Note now) and if MS finally makes some cool game for it - I'll reconsider, 'cause I like WP8 as a platform very much, it's above Android quality wise but app selection wise... it's sad for now.

OK maybe even if Gameloft does a couple of promised games like NOVA 3, maybe then I'll try WP8, but there's nothing there at the moment. Only promises from Ballmer and nothing delivered. I'm not gonna buy WP8 just because Ballmer promised something. Screw you Ballmer! My money go to Samsung and Android again. Eat this bald loser.

By TakinYourPoints on 2/1/2013 6:05:44 AM , Rating: 2
Its why Microsoft doesn't matter to me very much as a publisher. I'm mainly a PC gamer (too much DOTA!) and they don't make games on the console that really interest me (Halo, etc).

They actually make a simple but excellent mobile game called Wordament for both WP and iOS:

It is crossplatform multiplayer and even has XBox Live achievements. Great game, pretty addictive, and you can get a global multiplayer experience in only a minute or two (great for phones).

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